What is a
Cervical Disc Replacement?

Learn how a cervical disc replacement can reduce neck pain.


3D images simulate the procedure and elements may differ in color, texture and placement than an actual surgical procedure.

Procedure Length


45 - 60 minutes

Incision Size


¾” - 1” incision

Patient Home Same Day


Outpatient procedure

The vast majority of procedures at the BioSpine Institute are performed through a ¾” incision; however, there are a limited number of procedures that may require a slightly larger incision.

What Is a Cervical Disc Replacement?

When a disc is damaged to the extent that it causes severe pain or pinches nerves (causing weakness or numbness), removing it and replacing it with an artificial one may be the best option. After the damaged disc is removed, an artificial disc is inserted between the empty space between two vertebrae.


The purpose of the disc replacement is to decompress nerves while preserving motion and maintaining the spine’s natural function. Artificial discs work like regular discs and serve as shock absorbers for the body.

Artificial Disc: Titanium Shell, Titanium Porous Coating, Flexible Outer Sheath
After Procedure: Vertebrae, Artificial Disc
3/4" - incision size - same size as a penny


The majority of patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their  symptoms while other symptoms may improve more gradually

Am I a Good Candidate for Cervical Disc Replacement?

To determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for disc replacement surgery, your doctor will look at your medical history, perform a physical examination, and use imaging. It’s also possible other surgical procedures will be recommended. In all cases, patients must have a damaged disc to qualify.

Used To Treat These Conditions

When a disc is damaged and pinches a nerve causing weakness or numbness.

Spinal Tumors

Spine tumor

Spine tumors can push on the nerve tissue causing a range of symptoms from minor aches and discomfort, to debilitating pain.

A spinal disc that is damaged, causing neck pain and other problems.

A herniated disc is like a bulging disc, just more prominent.

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces in the spine, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

How Will I Feel After Surgery?

The majority of patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms while other symptoms may improve more gradually. A positive attitude and following your doctor’s post-surgery instructions will contribute to a satisfactory outcome.

*The Cervical Disc Replacement procedure is recognized by the American Medical Association.

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